The Politics

In June 2011, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer held a press conference calling for the DEA and Department of Justice to “crack down” on Silk Road and use of Bitcoin. The ensuing investigation became known as Schumer’s case.

In October 2013, Ross was arrested in California where he lived but was transferred to Schumer’s home state, New York, for prosecution.

Senator Check Schumer
On October 2014, before Ross’s trial started, Schumer wrote an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, showing no regard for presumption of innocence and Ross’s Due Process rights,:

“With your help, the Silk Road was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2013, and I am pleased that DOJ is currently prosecuting its operator and holding him accountable.”

Lead Prosecutor Preetinder Bharara

In 2014 and 2015, Ross was arraigned and tried before Judge Katherine Forrest, who was recommended to the bench by Schumer in 2011.

The lead prosecutor was Preetinder Bharara, who served as Schumer’s Chief Counsel from 2005 to 2009 and was recommended by Schumer in 2009 for the powerful position of U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.